New Stamp catching up with ol’ mates

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

It was almost like Jabari Arthur never even left.

During Friday’s rundown at McMahon Stadium, the Canadian receiver took part in the Calgary Stampeders’ activities, then caught some passes from backup quarterback Drew Tate.

All that was needed was to pass a physical and the former first-round draft pick can officially rejoin the team that got him a Grey Cup ring during his rookie season.

The slotback was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers early this week, but he never actually suited up with them during a regular-season game.

“It feels good to see some familiar faces,” Arthur said after brief meetings with the coaching staff.

“I will see what direction they want to go.

“I still have some miles left on these legs. I’m good to go.”

If Arthur does ink a contract, he feels he could be ready for next Saturday’s meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium.

It would be a long road taken to finally having an impact with the Stamps.

Arthur was a first-round pick of the Stamps in 2007,

but he returned to Akron for his final college season that year.

After college, the Montreal native earned a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs but was released following training camp.

He came to Calgary just in time to hop on board a Grey Cup run.

As a rookie slotback, Arthur played in four regular-season games and suited up for the West final win over the

B.C. Lions and title game victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

Although he didn’t make a reception in his rookie year, things looked to be going well last training camp.

During pre-season, Arthur had five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the two games.

But in the practices after camp broke, Arthur broke his foot and he missed the entire first half of the regular season.

When he was getting close to returning, the Stamps shipped him off to Winnipeg in September along with Odell Willis and Titus Ryan in exchange for Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin.

With the Bombers, Arthur reinjured his foot and never played a game in Winnipeg.

“Last year was last year,” Arthur said.

“I’m just happy to still have an opportunity. I can’t turn back the hands of time. I’m focused on this moment right here.”

Although the 27-year-old missed a good deal of this year’s training camp with a different foot injury, he feels fine now.

He’s anxious to get on the field and prove it.

“I have a lot to offer still,” Arthur said.

“My heart is still in it

and I’m passionate about winning football games. I still

have a lot to offer.”

Extra points

Stamps DB Milt Collins should be OK after suffering a bruised chest in the loss to the Toronto Argonauts. X-rays came back negative on Collins, who left the game in the second half after taking a hard hit away from the action. “He’s going to be fine,” said head coach John Hufnagel. “There is no fracture in his sternum. Right now, he’s day to day but I expect him to be back on the practice field” … The Stamps will take the weekend off and will start preparing for the Roughriders starting Monday at McMahon Stadium. There are plenty of tickets still available.


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